Sunday, March 16, 2008


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1974 on Island Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320 Kbps
Produced by Allen Toussaint & Chris Blackwell
Engineered in New Orleans by Ken Laxton and in London by Richard Smith
Album Cover: Dick Polak
Reason To Change / I'm On Your Side / Feelin' Easy / Sad Story / Under Suspicion / On Broadway / Ferry Cross / Trouble In The Mind / What The Hell
All songs written Jess Roden except "On Broadway"
Jess Roden - Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Bass
Guitars - Leo Nocentelli - Steve Webb / Bruce Robertson
Keyboards - Allen Toussaint, Art Neville, Ray Davies / John Bundrick / Mike Weaver
Bass - George Porter / Mickey Feat / John Cartwright / Rat Donaldson
Drums - Joseph Modeleste / Richard Bailey / Peter Hunt / Simon Kirke
Percussion - Alan Sharp
The New Orleans Horns: Saxophone - George Lee, Ronnie Taylor - Trombone, Chris Oower Flute - Steve Gregory
One of the great British vocalists, with an immediately distinctive sound,Roden cut his teeth with the Alan Bown Set in the 60's, achieving a minor hit with the single "Emergency 999″. He eventually left to form the band Bronco which recorded two albums, which though well received, particularly "Ace of Sunlight" failed to set the world on fire. Roden surfaced again on the eponymously titled "Butts Band" album, a wonderful collection of songs performed by a great band comprising Roden, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors, and session favourite Phil Chen on bass. Check out the wonderful "Baja Bus" and "Sweet Danger"Around this time Roden also appeared on Keef Hartleys "Lancashire Hustler" album with Robert Palmer. Island records then stood by Roden for a string of great albums, both solo and with his band. The self-titled "Jess Roden" album features the wonderful "Ferry Cross". "The Player Not the Game" is a beautifully made album with the cream of New Orleans session men, including Allan Toussaint. Jess also made a memorable version of "You can leave your hat on" from the album "Keep Your Hat on".Sadly, he was never destined for the big time, and albums like "Play it Dirty" and "Stonechaser" became the rarities at the back of the record shop. A brief return in the 80's with "Multiplay" by the Rivits and some session work, notably Grace Jones
'Nightclubbing" album marked a less productive Roden.However, in the mid 90's he made a surprise return with a band called The Humans,featuring ex-Strider and Rod Stewart guitarist Gary Grainger, recording one great album, subsequently disappearing from the scene once more following a live album.This Kidderminster born vocalist has a voice of pure gold, and for most of the record buying public, he is an undiscovered gem, check him out!
Fine album by underrated artist, September 22, 2001
By Nicolas S. Martin (Indianapolis, IN United States)
This is a superb album on several levels. Roden is a powerfully emotional singer who is not prone to self-indulgence. The songs are well chosen and concisely performed. There is no doubt that this is one of the ignored gems of what was the rock era. Sadly, Jess Roden has 2 even better albums that have never made it to CD: The Player Not the Game and Stonechaser. These are gorgeous albums. Please, Island Records, release these titles on CD!
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this vinyl version downloadable ?
I have ben looking for this for ages. In my youth i was in a band that tried to cover a couple of tunes off this album.

Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 12:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

You need to reread the post and following the instructions at the end of the post for more info.....


Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 11:28:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 1979 Jess Roden album, Stonechaser, has now been released digitally for the first time, and is available from iTunes.

Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 3:25:00 PM EST  

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